Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church

Building Committee

Church Conference

This past Sunday a church conference was held and the congregation voted to accept and approve the preliminary building plans, drawings A-1A and A-2, the Building Committee’s Report to the Congregation, and the Building Committee’s recommendations.

On April 12th the Florida Conference District will meet to consider and vote on this items.

After District approval the Building Committee will go forward with the next steps in the process leading toward remodeling of the office.


Building Committee Update 3/28/2018

The Building Committee’s work in the next few months will be focused on development of construction drawings and specifications. Our goal is to develop a final set of set of drawings and specifications which eliminate the potential for contractor change orders and extra charges. After this work is completed we will begin the process of permitting the project.

Ruth Paschall, Pat Witschonke and Sara Moll have joined together in a sub-committee that will work with the church staff to refine the office plans, and develop plans and specifications for furnishing and equipping the office.

The Building Committee will be establishing a task group that will aid in the development of construction drawings and specification for the project. If you have applicable experience and would like to help, please contact Steve Kieffer at 964-8191.


Building Committee update 3.13.18

On March 9, 2018 the Building Committee submitted its report to the congregation.  That report includes detailed information, revised architectural drawings, and the committee’s recommendations.  Copies of the report are available from the church office, and Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.

 The architectural designs are viewable Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.

The committee is recommending the total renovation of the house, which serves as our office, plus connection of that structure to the church with additional useful space and an elevator to provide accessibility for all people.

A Church Conference, a congregational meeting, will be held on March 25th at 3 PM to vote on the committee’s recommendations.

Building Update 11.7.17

On October 6th the Boca Grande Historic District Board approved our interior remodeling plans. The contractor, Seagate Development, was then able to obtain a building permit. On October 17th a construction meeting was held with Seagate personnel at the church.The rest of the demolition has occurred and the new stud walls have been placed. We are now waiting for an electrician. The original electrician backed out, claiming to have too much business. Seagate is searching for an electrical contractor who will perform the work for a similar price.

The removable railing contractor will be at the church this week taking field measurement, prior to fabrication.

This simple project is moving much slower than anticipated, however, it will be accomplished. Due to the project delays, we will not be able to address the main bathroom remodeling project until next summer.


July 2017
Initial Remodeling

The Church Council has approved going forward with remodeling of the Youth Room and Stage Area, as well as, the single bathroom next to the Crying Room.  A few other small tasks are also part of this project, including the addition of removable railings in the Sanctuary to assist members in being able to climb up and down the stairs to reach the Communion Rail.  A budget of $60,000 was established.  Completion is anticipated to occur by the end of August.

The Lighthouse Church Charge Conference has established a Building Committee. The Committee will follow the requirements outlined in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, and:

  1. Evaluate the Church Office and Other Facilities,
  2. Develop Architectural and Project Plans for upgrading the facilities to support the church’s mission,
  3. Develop and Present information to the membership
  4. Develop and Implement Fund Raising and/or Financing Plans
  5. Obtain the necessary approvals

Architect T. A. Krebs LLC has been hired to work with the Committee.

The Church Council has appointed the following people to serve on the Building Committee: Steve Kieffer, Chairman, Ed Paxton, Lay Leader, Pat Witschonke, Chrys Hyde, Nick Kaiser, Carlo deRosa, and Lindy Hustedt

This drawing depicts the potential phases of this project. 
Those phases are presented in more detail below


The potential work depicted below can be accomplished in phases.

Stage and Youth Room Remodeling
Remodeling the stage and youth room area, converting this space to two useable multi-purpose rooms must be the first phase.  The stage has never been used.  The church has need of more multi-purpose meeting rooms.  The table and chair storage is not sized properly, and its use is inhibited by the exterior window and window opening to the stage. After remodeling, this space can then be used as temporary office space while the Office and Addition work occur. Also as part of this first phase, the Bathroom adjacent to the Crying Room should be converted to an ADA  (American’s with Disabilities Act) compliant bathroom.  Several other smaller outstanding improvement projects will be included in the phase. Due to the church’s seasonal activity, and the necessity of closing the Fellowship Hall to accomplish this work, this phase should be scheduled to occur during the summer months, with completion no later than October.

Bathroom Remodeling
This project removes
the two small children bathroom which are never used, and enlarges the Men’s and Women’s Bathroom.  Those bathrooms are changed to be compliant with current ADA design requirements.This project must happen after the bathroom next to the Crying Room is remodeled. This work must occur during the months of July, August and September when church activity is at its lowest level, because there will only be one useable bathroom while this work is occurring. This work could occur concurrent with the Office Remodeling and Addition phase.

Office Remodeling and Addition
This preliminary plan
considers reworking the parsonage and transforming it into an office.  That includes complying with the required historic preservation standards for the building originally constructed in 1915.  During that process the front screen porch will return. The building will be raised so the finished floor height is the same as the church. Any necessary structural repairs and/or improvements will occur.  The second floor will be removed and the office ceiling height will be raised. The interior will be changed to support the building’s function as an office. This plan includes the concept of connecting the office to the church with an addition.  That addition would result in enlargement of the Sunday School Room to a more useable rectangular shape and size.  The second classroom will be extended over the area where the classroom deck now exists. A conference space would be added, with wall space to accommodate a church library. An elevator would be added.  This will provide disabled people access to the church and office.  ADA regulations and the United Methodist Church require that access be provided to the office and church.  The long exterior access ramp will be removed. A side entrance to the Nave is included in this addition.

Phase 1

 Bathroom Remodeling

 Office and Addition 


 Front elevation of the Office with restoration of the screen porch

East elevation of the Office Addition, as viewed from PJ’s parking lot

 The open space between the church and office with the ramp removed
as viewed from 3rd Street


Lighthouse Church Needs Analysis

April 3, 2017

 The church has been growing rapidly. Attend at services and participation in activities has been increasing. With the addition of the Associate Pastor one year ago, the church has significantly expanded its mission of outreach to the local community and youth.

 The 100 year old parsonage is being used as the church office, although the space is not configured for, or suitable for this purpose. The parsonage needs structural repairs. The floor elevation is significantly below flood elevation, placing the church’s equipment and records at risk.

 Much of the needs analysis involves an evaluation of the facilities: their functionality, effectiveness, and efficiency in supporting the church’s mission.



 4 offices & Reception/Secretary area are needed.

It would be nice to open front porch, restoring the historic appearance and providing an welcoming presentation to the street

Document storage space is needed, the second floor bedrooms should be eliminated. The office should have higher ceilings. Effective sound-proofing is necessary between the offices.


 library area, choir files, conference room, expanded Sunday School Room, office bathrooms, elevator for accessibility to the church, a desk and work area is needed for the Music Director.


 Remove the stage, which is not used, and change to two multi-purpose rooms at that end. If this phase of the project is accomplished first, then these rooms can be used as temporary offices, while the office construction occurs.

 The bathroom adjacent to the Crying Room should be converted to a Family / Handicap bathroom.

 The Boys & Girls bathroom are not needed or used. These should be removed, and the Men’s and Women’s bathroom should be enlarged to accommodate their use by more people.

 Whenever possible, all rooms should be designed as multi-purpose rooms.


 A removable railing system should be design/engineering and constructed to provide accessibility to the Chancel.

 The space between the current Chancel and Sacristy floor and the original church floor is inaccessible, unconditioned space. Initial indications are appearing that this flaw is leading toward potential structural problems. This should be addressed and solved.

 Installation of the organ sound system in the Sacristy Closet has taken almost ½ of the hanging space. The Pastors need that space for hanging Vestments. The sound system must be moved.

 Because we are working around an existing facility, it is reasonable to expect, as the architect works on this project, his professional knowledge may result in other observations and recommendations concerning the facilities.